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About the project

This project, which is jointly funded by the Australian and Tasmanian Governments, will improve the flow of traffic through Midway Point, and will align with any future duplication of the causeways.

Improved footpaths and bus facilities will also improve access in and around Midway Point.

We are continuing to deliver this important project, which includes the excavation of approximately nine metres of rock face next to the highway to allow for the construction of two new lanes on the Tasman Highway.

We started work on the Tasman Highway through Midway Point in January 2021, and expect to be finished in mid-2022, weather permitting.

We will be working between 6:00 am and 7:00 pm, Monday to Friday.

Traffic Switches

The next phase of construction will be staged over 4 separate stages, with each stage of construction requiring a minor traffic switch before the final traffic switch, where traffic is permanently placed onto the new alignment.

Stage 1

From Thursday, 26 May 2022, traffic travelling in both directions between McGees Bridge and the Sorell Causeway will be diverted onto the two newly constructed lanes of the Tasman Highway.

Stage 2

Traffic travelling towards Hobart between Penna Road and McGees Bridge will follow the traditional route of the Tasman Highway while traffic heading to Sorell will once again be diverted to the furthest newly constructed lane on the Tasman Highway.

Stage 3

Traffic travelling towards Hobart between the Sorell Causeway and Penna Road will follow the traditional route of the Tasman Highway while traffic heading to Sorell will once again be diverted to the furthest newly constructed lane on the Tasman Highway.

Stage 4

The final traffic switch will take place, completing the project.

How will the work affect you?

Access to local connecting roads and vehicle access to businesses in Midway Point will be provided at all times. The shops near the old roundabout will be accessible via Southern Drive and a separate left-in, left-out driveway on the Tasman Highway.

Access to the service station and properties on the highway between the service station and McGees Bridge will be left-in, left-out only. Drivers who wish to exit these premises and return to Sorell can turn via the newly constructed P-Turn Bay near McGees Bridge. Patrons can exit the shops via Southern Drive or the exit onto the Tasman Highway.

We will be working between 6:00 am and 7:00 pm, Monday to Friday. We will let you know in advance if we need to do any work outside these times.

Traffic changes

Speed limits through the project site will be reduced to 40 km/h at all times unless otherwise safe to increase to 60 km/h. Road users should allow an extra 8 minutes travel time during this work.

Traffic management will be in place to ensure the safety of workers and road users and will be designed to minimise impacts on traffic. Please keep to speed limits and follow the directions of traffic controllers and signs.

Bus and access changes

The Sorell-bound bus stop will be relocated to the Sorell side of the temporary roundabout. The Hobart-bound bus stop will be moved in closer to the newly constructed lanes.

Access to local connecting roads and vehicle access to businesses in Midway Point will be provided at all times.

The shops near the old roundabout will be accessible via Southern Drive and a separate left-in, left-out driveway on the Tasman Highway.

Access to the service station and properties on the highway between the service station and McGees Bridge will be left-in, left-out only. If you wish to exit these premises and return to Sorell can turn via the newly constructed P-Turn Bay near McGees Bridge.

You can exit the shops via Southern Drive or the exit onto the Tasman Highway.

1Community Consultation

In June 2019 we asked the community for their feedback on two design options.

We received a lot of feedback on these two options during this engagement process. After reviewing the feedback, and working closely with the key stakeholders, we did more work on what was referred to as option two, and have now released the final design option.

View a summary of feedback here: Consultation  Summary - South East Traffic Solution

Contact details

For further information about the project, please contact our contractor, Fulton Hogan, on 0473 144 399 or email, MidwaypointSETS@fultonhogan.com.au

Thank you for your patience during this important work.